John Jacob Stanley
(American, 1929- )
John Stanley was born in Alliance, Ohio in 1929. He won a scholarship to the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1948. His instructors at the Academy included Arthur Helwig, Charles Cutler, and Paul Chidlaw. Through the Academy, he received a scholarship to study at the Yale Summer Arts School in Norfolk. One of his teachers was Josef Albers. Peter Blume was a guest lecturer that particular summer; his discussion of egg tempera techniques motivated Stanley to master the medium. His formal art studies were interrupted by three years of service in the United States Army. He was sent to Germany and was assigned the duty of designing cemetery grave headstones for war casualties. Consequently, many of Stanley’s paintings include crosses and monuments. Upon completion of his military duties, he returned to the Art Academy and graduated in 1955. He moved to New York City and began exhibiting his work in galleries. In 1967, he settled in Hebron, Kentucky. In 1987, following his wife’s death, he moved back to Cincinnati. Presently, the artist lives and paints in central Florida.
Art Academy of Cincinnati with Helwig, Cutler, and Chidlaw; Yale Summer Arts School with Albers
Canton AI, Ohio; Chaim Fleichman Gallery, New York; Hilda Carmel Gallery 84; Upstairs Gallery, Cincinnati; Benedictine Liquor 11th Annual Exhibition (prize); Last Picture Show Gallery, Cincinnati; Michael Lowe Gallery, Cincinnati; LX Biennale International, France; Madison Road Gallery; Machine Shop Gallery; Madison Road Gallery, Cincinnati; Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati